The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

News and Announcements

21st September 2014


Feast of Bl. John Henry Newman: the feast of our Parish Patron falls on Thursday, 9th October. We shall celebrate the external Solemnity of the feast on Sunday, 12th October, with Solemn Mass at the usual time of 10.30 am. At 12.15 pm in the school library, there will be a lecture on Newman and the Sacred Liturgy (see details below), followed by a Parish BBQ lunch. Official Poster here!.

The inaugural Bl. John Henry Newman Lecture – 12.15 pm Sunday, 12th October, 2014, St Aloysius’ School library, Caulfield North: ”John Henry Newman’s Anglican Reflections on the liturgy: lessons for the Catholic Church today”, by Dr Stephen McInerney. Dr McInerney is Senior Lecturer in Literature at Campion College. He holds degrees from the Australian National University and the University of Sydney, and in 2012 completed an Advanced Diploma in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge, where he was awarded the Theological Studies Prize and the Lightfoot Prize.

Christus Rex Pilgrimage: 24th – 26th October, 2014. For more information, or to register, visit the website:

First Holy Communion – Sunday, 14th December: parents who wish to present their children for First Holy Communion on Gaudete Sunday (14th December), preceded by First Confession, are asked to contact the Secretary (preferably by email) this week.

Guild of St Clare meeting – Saturday, 27th September: the Parish Guild of St Clare was founded for the creation and repair of Church vestments, Altar linens and decorations. A number of fine vestments, used for Cardinal Burke’s Solemn Pontifical Mass, were made by Guild members (Dalmatics for Deacons at the Throne, and Copes for assistant servers to His Eminence). The Guild will next meet at Maryvale this Saturday, 27th September, at 11.00 am. Further projects will be considered, and we will conclude with a light lunch. New members and inquirers are welcome. For more information, or to confirm your attendance, please contact Chris and Christine Tyrrell: .

Scouts of Europe: expressions of interest are sought in the foundation of a branch of the Scouts of Europe, a scouting movement operating in full conformity with traditional Catholic principles. Initially, interest is sought from boys 12 years old and above, through to young men in their early twenties. We hope to provide a similar programme for girls and young women in due course, as well. Proof of Parental permission must of course accompany any application from those under 18 years of age. The following link to the Federation of North American Explorers, an association inspired by the French Scouts of Europe, and now part of the International Union of the Guides and Scouts of Europe, gives a good idea of what we hope to achieve: Those interested are invited to contact Fr Tattersall.

Sunday Family picnics in Caulfield Park: now that Spring has arrived, some families have started to gather in Caulfield Park (opposite the Church) after Sunday Solemn Mass, to enjoy each other’s company and to share a simple (BYO) picnic lunch. Everyone is welcome! For more details, please contact

Mass stipends: calling to mind the infinite power of the Mass as a true and proper Sacrifice that may be offered for the living and the dead, it has been the immemorial practice of the Catholic people to seek to have Masses offered for their particular intentions. Customarily, an offering or ‘stipend’ is given with a Mass request. In Melbourne, Archdiocesan legislation lays down a minimum stipend of $10 ($20 for November Masses). Mass intention envelopes are available in the vestibule. These may be completed and placed with one’s offering into any Sunday Mass collection, or given directly to one of the priests. Mass requests are a good reflection of our practical belief in the efficacy of the Holy Sacrifice.

Sunday Adult Catechesis: the next session is on Sunday, 21st September, from 12.15-1.00 pm. In view of the forthcoming Synod on the Family, we will interrupt our study of the Compendium, and focus on the important text of His Eminence, Cardinal Burke, “Natural Law and Conscience: Key to Freedom and to the Integrity of Marriage and the Family”. This text is available on our website. Hard copies will also be provided for those who require them.


This is the continuation of Pope Saint Pius X’s first encyclical letter, 'E Supremi’, on the Restoration of all things in Christ in commemoration of the Centenary of his death.

4. Since, however, it has been pleasing to the Divine Will to raise Our lowliness to such sublimity of power, We take courage in Him who strengthens Us; and setting Ourselves to work, relying on the power of God, We proclaim that We have no other program in the Supreme Pontificate but that "of restoring all things in Christ" (Ephes. i., 10), so that "Christ may be all and in all" (Coloss. iii, 2). Some will certainly be found who, measuring Divine things by human standards will seek to discover secret aims of Ours, distorting them to an earthly scope and to partisan designs. To eliminate all vain delusions for such, We say to them with emphasis that We do not wish to be, and with the Divine assistance never shall be aught before human society but the Minister of God, of whose authority We are the depositary. The interests of God shall be Our interest, and for these We are resolved to spend all Our strength and Our very life. Hence, should anyone ask Us for a symbol as the expression of Our will, We will give this and no other: "To renew all things in Christ." In undertaking this glorious task, We are greatly quickened by the certainty that We shall have all of you, Venerable Brethren, as generous cooperators. Did We doubt it We should have to regard you, unjustly, as either unconscious or heedless of that sacrilegious war which is now, almost everywhere, stirred up and fomented against God. For in truth, "The nations have raged and the peoples imagined vain things" (Ps.ii., 1.) against their Creator, so frequent is the cry of the enemies of God: "Depart from us" (Job. xxi., 14). And as might be expected we find extinguished among the majority of men all respect for the Eternal God, and no regard paid in the manifestations of public and private life to the Supreme Will - nay, every effort and every artifice is used to destroy utterly the memory and the knowledge of God.

5. When all this is considered there is good reason to fear lest this great perversity may be as it were a foretaste, and perhaps the beginning of those evils which are reserved for the last days; and that there may be already in the world the "Son of Perdition" of whom the Apostle speaks (II. Thess. ii., 3). Such, in truth, is the audacity and the wrath employed everywhere in persecuting religion, in combating the dogmas of the faith, in brazen effort to uproot and destroy all relations between man and the Divinity! While, on the other hand, and this according to the same apostle is the distinguishing mark of Antichrist, man has with infinite temerity put himself in the place of God, raising himself above all that is called God; in such wise that although he cannot utterly extinguish in himself all knowledge of God, he has contemned God's majesty and, as it were, made of the universe a temple wherein he himself is to be adored. "He sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself as if he were God" (II. Thess. ii., 2).

6. Verily no one of sound mind can doubt the issue of this contest between man and the Most High. Man, abusing his liberty, can violate the right and the majesty of the Creator of the Universe; but the victory will ever be with God - nay, defeat is at hand at the moment when man, under the delusion of his triumph, rises up with most audacity. Of this we are assured in the holy books by God Himself. Unmindful, as it were, of His strength and greatness, He "overlooks the sins of men" (Wisd. xi., 24), but swiftly, after these apparent retreats, "awaked like a mighty man that hath been surfeited with wine" (Ps. 1xxvii., 65), "He shall break the heads of his enemies" (Ps. 1xxvii., 22), that all may know "that God is the king of all the earth" (Ib. 1xvi, 8), "that the Gentiles may know themselves to be men"(Ib. ix., 20)

    • Sundays in Spring

    Sunday Family Picnics in Caulfield Park

    Everyone is welcome!

    • Sunday, October 12

    Feast of Bl. John Henry Newman

    Solemn Mass, followed by a Parish BBQ as well as Newman Lecture.

    Official Poster here!.

    • October 24-26

    2014 Christus Rex Pilgrimage

    Put it in your diary now! Registrations now open!

  • Newman Fellowship for Young Adults

    Our next meeting will welcome back our own Shawn Murphy, former Newman Fellowship organizer, and now novice at the Toronto Oratory.

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  • Catechesis Classes

    Fortnightly Catechesis based on the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

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  • Bible Study Classes

    No previous knowledge is required, and everyone is welcome.

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  • Catholic Women's League Newman Parish Group

    Join the regular CWL meetings at Maryvale after Solemn Mass.

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  • Support Shawn Murphy and the Oratory

    Find out how to help Shawn, currently a Novice at the Toronto Oratory, in his formation for the Brisbane Oratory

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  • Psallamus - Our Mixed Choir

    Psallamus is our regular choir - further information and recordings are available here.

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  • The Newman Singers - Our new choir

    Find out how to join the Newman Singers, our new mixed choir. Young men and women welcome.

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  • The Wolff Organ

    The organ is of very high historical and musical significance as one of only two two-manual organs built by J.W. Wolff to survive intact

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Homily on our 10th Anniversary

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